About Kathy Nance

Blessed be the Holy Thorn–and Her new leaves

Hacked by vandals shortly before Yule and left for dead, the Glastonbury Holy Thorn unfurled two wee leaves for Ostara. Best news I’ve heard in months. A tiny sprig of green on a tree whose origins could stretch back a couple thousand of years, that was hacked by vandals and feared dead just a few [Read More…]

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There Is Healing Water Enough For All

It snowed today in St. Louis. We were expecting a few big flakes—the “size of hamsters,” according to one meteorologist—mixed with mostly rain. But it’s March in the Midwest, and cold air can be stubborn as it lurks at ground level. And as this water first flowed and then drifted from the sky to cover [Read More…]

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Lent for Pagans

I’ve spent the past several years of Pagan life feeling superior about Lent. This is also how I felt growing up fundamentalist Protestant. The Bible said nothing about Lent. So we didn’t do Lent. I’d see my Catholic friends giving up things they enjoyed, like chocolate or French fries. And I wouldn’t taunt them about [Read More…]

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The Justice of True Grit

True Grit is about justice—both human and Divine. It starts with a call for both Old Testament and American justice on the 1870s frontier. It ends with a neat demonstration of the Law of Return. The main players in this morality tale are Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), the lawman who acts as if he is [Read More…]

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Know Thyself: The King’s Speech

“Know thyself,” admonished the Oracle of Delphi. “If that which you seek you find not within, you will never find it without,” wrote Doreen Valiente. When I saw The King’s Speech, I thought about those quotes. And about the kinds of power represented—power that comes from within, from knowing one’s self and having a healthy [Read More…]

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